Popular Post Taro T Posted March 30 Popular Post Report Share Posted March 30 Went to the STH Blue and Gold Insights with Kevyn Adams last night. These have grown tremendously over the past 2 years. From a Zoom call with Skinner and Mittelstadt that likely had 100 or so people take part in. To last year's one with Adams in the Lexus Club with maybe 75-100 people at. To this year with Comrie and Power which had over 100 people at it; Paterka and Quinn's talk which had a couple hundred at it; to this one that had nearly all of section 105 filled with overflow into 104 and 106 This one was hosted by Dan Dunleavy rather than Brian Duff who had done all the others. (My comments are in parenthesis. Dan asked the 1st few questions then turned it over to the STHers On the season to date, Adams said he felt that the team's identity was forming both as individuals and as a team and that there wasn't an identity set back in October. Not sure what the expectations should be because the team is so young. "We are in a good spot" in the big picture but still have a long way to go Asked about Kulich driving in to watch his countryman get his 1st game. It's incredible to see that. He was really happy for his friend. And that sentiment runs through the entire team. (Not specifically for Rousek, but in general this is a tight team that wants to play for each other. Made a point of saying how players currently are playing through injuries for their teammates and they really want to be in there He loves the intensity Dan's final Q was about Levi. He's very special: curious, self aware, and driven. He keeps a noteboke with him and makes notes while watching the games figuring out what drills he needs to work on to handle specific situations. He told an anecdote about watching him in an 8-3 loss and how impressed he was with his body language throughout that really awful night. Questions were then thrown out by the audience The 1st Q was about playoffs. Answer began with the typical 3-5 year goals for the team. But yes, the playoffs next year are the goal just like winning the Cup is a goal (only 1 team wins any year). Though they are the goal, the future won't be mortgaged to get there. That 3-5 year goal is overriding the short term one. (So, not expecting a Saros type move that would cost Savoie or Kulich; but maybe a Demko type move might be in the He did not want to overpay this year to keep from hurting that 3-5 year goal. He was looking for players that would help the team today and could grow with the team. He wanted defensive depth. They lacked a hard edge on D. Thus grabbing Stillman. Same thought process on bringing in Greenway. Asked about the prospects. Quinn, Peterka, Levi, Power, Krebs, and Cozens are guys that should be prospects. He also called out Savoie (getting coached by James Patrick), Kulich, and Östlund (who he wants on this side of the pond next year, but he's ok with him staying). Ryan Johnson - he'll be an NHLer and he wants him to sign but it is his decision. Mentioned how they have some great Russian prospects. Poltapov (who is under contract for 2 more years) plays hard, fast, and (missed the last word). Neuchev. Novikov - talked about his size. Asked about how being a former player affects how he approaches his job. Tries to maintain good relations with his players and staff. Brought Levi to his house for dinner. Likes to take players out to dinner on the road to speak with them, oftentimes guys who are having a rough go of it. Always tries to be truthful with the players. Asked about changes in the game from when he was a kid to today. Likes that though the game is still physical that guys that are 5'6" can play in the league along wiht the 6'6" guys. Thinks the game is better now than ever before. Look for the guys that think their way around the ice. The game is still physical but it's a different kind of physical. He was asked about how he prepared for this job and transitioned to it. Talked to a lot of people he knew from the game. "Be where your feet are." Asked about the tiny defense and individual goal songs. Pointed out that of the top 6 D, 5 are 6'2" or bigger; Jokiharju is 6'0". Said he'd told Bryson he needs to be his competitive self. (Play to his strengths.) As for the goal songs, he thought they were fun. When asked about the team playing horrible in the 3rd and losing a lot of games there and also about the team getting pushed around. He pushed back stating that he'd need to be convinced that actually happens. He doesn't want our guys getting pushed around, but doesn't believe they are. Cited Joker's hit on the Hab Monday and pointed out he'd learned that hit from Dahlin. Also talked about the scrum vs the Aisles. How to improve at home? Goal songs. (Got a big laugh) The young players are proud and don't want to let the fans down at home. He thinks they try too hard at home but just play on the road. Also mentioned the players are bothered by the rink sometimes getting taken over by visiting fans. Asked if he'd offer sheet someone. Definitely. But it's hard to land the guy because teams find a way to match He doesn't believe in overpaying for guys on the downside of their career, but will pay for guys on the way up. (Read, Dahlin and Power will get paid. So will the other guys that were mentioned in the current prospects.) The goal is to always have a full funnel coming up from underneath. Felt they were in a terible place when he took over: only 5 picks, few prospects, a bad team, and at the salary cap. He believes strongly in where they are going. If anybody who went heard things differently or heard stuff not included here, please add it. 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